The Toccoa Police Department will use grant money to purchase a new piece of equipment.
According to Toccoa Police Chief Tim Jarrell, the department has received an $8,000 grant through the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety to purchase a new intoxilyzer for use by the department.
Jarrell said the intoxilyzer measures a driver’s blood alcohol content and this new one will help the department in its DUI enforcement efforts.
“It is a small department incentive grant,” said Jarrell. “It is given to agencies who participate in the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety programs such as what we do here at the police department such as ‘Click It or Ticket,’ ‘Operation Zero Tolerance,’ and ‘Summer H.E.A.T,’ programs. Because of our continued efforts to decrease accidents and make our streets safer, we received this grant.”
Jarrell also said that by purchasing this new intoxilyzer and replacing its old one, the department will be complying with a state mandate that all law enforcement agencies replace old intoxilyzers by the end of 2015.
The grant will cover the complete cost of the purchase of the intoxilyzer.
According to Jarrell, the department is in the process of ordering the new intoxilyzer now and hopes to have it in place in the next couple of months.